Protecting your peepers: Can "miracle" eye creams really repair damage


Pampering your peepers: Can ‘miracle’ eye creams really help repair damage

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08:05 GMT, 1 October 2012

Whether sleepless nights have left you with dark bags, or a summer spent squinting into the sun has given you wrinkles, the new generation of eye creams can help repair the damage.

The latest products protect, repair and hydrate, not to mention minimising puffiness and dark circles.

One of the most hyped launches of the new season comes from Indeed Labs, the company behind wonder cream Nanoblur.

Eagle-eyed: The latest eye products claim to protect, repair and hydrate, not to mention minimising puffiness and dark circles

Eagle-eyed: The latest eye products claim to protect, repair and hydrate, not to mention minimising puffiness and dark circles

Tomorrow, it will present its new five-in-one eye cream, Eysilix, to the Press at a celebrity-studded party in London.

The details have been kept under wraps but eagle-eyed consumers have already spotted it on the Boots website, where it is selling for 24.99.

Manufacturers claim it wipes away signs of stress and fatigue by instantly lifting the eye area, reducing puffiness and dark circles, while also targeting fine lines and wrinkles.

Given that Nanoblur used high-tech particles to diffuse light, blurring wrinkles and pigmentation in 40 seconds flat, there’s little doubt that Eysilix can have an instant effect.

But what we really want are products that also work long term, and these are worth paying a little more for. Shiseido’s new Anti Dark Circles Eye Cream, 52, House Of Fraser, dismisses the idea that dark circles are a result of poor sleep.

It contains an enzyme to reduce pigmentation and hawthorn extract to stimulate blood flow.

Meanwhile, next month sees the launch of Serum 4C Yeux (65, keraskin-esthetics.com). Using four different types of vitamin C, it claims to immediately make you look less tired thanks to light-reflecting particles, and also works long term on dark circles and uneven skintone.

BEST BUYS FOR EYES

Lancome Genifique Yeux Light-Pearl, 44, Debenhams

Easily rolls around the eye area to give a cooling massage.

Lancome Genifique Yeux Light-Pearl, 44

Lancome Genifique Yeux Light-Pearl, 44

Eysilix, 24.99, Boots

Eysilix, 24.99, Boots

Shiseido Anti-Dark Circles Eye Cream, 52,

Shiseido Anti-Dark Circles Eye Cream, 52

Eysilix, 24.99, Boots

Manufacturers claim this wipes away signs of stress and fatigue by reducing puffiness and dark circles.

Shiseido Anti-Dark Circles Eye Cream, 52, House of Fraser

After four weeks, 86 per cent of testers said dark circles were diminished.

The way you apply your eye cream can also have an effect. Cooling and soothing metal rollerball applicators make sense for eye products.

I still rate the Garnier Caffeine Anti-Dark Circles tinted version, but Lancome has upped the ante with a new design for Genifique Yeux Light-Pearl, 44. It reaches into the corners and massages the entire eye area.

Circulation-boosting is also the idea behind Thalgo’s new eye massage mask treatments (available nationwide — call 020 7512 0872). The mask looks like ski goggles but is the equivalent of an acupressure massage chair for the eye area and is being offered in conjunction with Thalgo facials.

It’s an interesting idea and feels nice enough but, even with headphones and music, the vibrating mask is very noisy so not relaxing. And it’s hard to tell whether my post-treatment bright eyes were the result of the mask or the hyaluronic eye patches applied under it. Still, worth a whirl for novelty.

If you’re looking for an even more high-tech solution, new research from Philips regarding its laser skin rejuvenation device, ReAura, may encourage you to stump up for the 799 gadget.

While Philips has already proved it can improve skin on the face, a dermatological study shows 81 per cent of testers found the lines around their eyes were reduced after 12 weeks of use with two treatments per week. That’s more than 33 per treatment, though, so you may be better off spending your money on a high-tech cream.

Other products worth noting include Sanctuary Spa Active Reverse Peptide Repair Eye Cream (18, from January 2013), Provenance Dark Circle Eye Cream (14.99, 01932 571 155) and Yves Rocher Anti-Age Global (18.90, yves-rocher.co.uk).

Now there’s no excuse for looking anything but bright-eyed.